All this manic activity has left its toll....so the brief interlude on Saturday was wonderful......we met an old friend and his new partner and had a thoroughly enjoyable lunch.....I was touched to get an email from them the following day which contains a poem I've never seen before...It really is very appropriate for how I was feeling yesterday. The person who sent it called it a nudge...which it is....so for all those of you who need a nudge this is it!
Love after Love
The time will come
When, with elation
You will greet yourself arriving
At your own door, in your own mirror
And each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
To itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
The photographs, the desperate notes,
Peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
By Derek Walcott